Siding is one of the most important parts of your home. Not only does it support your roof, it protects your home from the elements, plays a major factor in your home’s appearance, and adds architectural character and value. Choosing a siding when remodeling your home isn’t easy. Here are some of the most common types of sidings.
Vinyl is the most popular type of siding. It is tough, durable and widely available in a variety of styles and colors. The color saturates the vinyl so it doesn’t show nicks and scratches. Vinyl siding will maintain its shape in extreme temperatures, has high wind resistance, and will retain its color. It is quickly installed, can be retrofitted over your existing siding, and requires little maintenance. The top-quality brands offer a transferable lifetime guarantee in the event you move to ensuing buyers. Vinyl’s main disadvantage is that the seams show where the panels overlap at the ends. It has a 30 to 50 year replacement cycle, but the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that makes it durable doesn’t decompose in landfills.
Metal siding used to be the most popular material used, but is slowly losing its status since vinyl is seen as the better lower cost option. Metal has a range of pre finished colors and features, like mimicking the appearance of wood. It is dent resistant, insect and fire proof, and requires little maintenance. Metal siding can last over 50 years and is lightweight which speeds installation. It has a baked-on paint enamel finishes, so you don’t have to repaint it periodically. Unfortunately, metal siding is not readily available and dents are permanent. If you scratch the siding, you will have to touch up the paint. Aluminum sidings may contain up to 30% recyclable content.
Fiber-cement siding is slowly gaining market share as homeowners are recognizing its durability. Fiber-cement is made from a mix of wood fibers, cement, clay, and sand. It requires little maintenance and is weather resistant. Fiber-cement can be molded to resemble painted wood, stucco, masonry, and other imitation renderings. It is termite proof, fire resistant, and won’t rot. It normally comes with a 30-year warranty. Prefinished fiber-cement siding eliminates the need for painting after it is installed, but repainting it is easily accomplished. The downside is that fiber-cement is heavy and adds to installation costs, including labor and specialty tools.
Wood siding comes in various species and grades. If you want the natural wood to shine, you’ll have to use more expensive wood with fewer defects, like knots and holes. It is easy to shape and cut for custom fitting and, if properly taken care of, can last for 100 years or more. Wood can be expensive to purchase and must be repainted or re-stained every few years. Some types of wood are more liable to rot than others.
There are many options and variables for you to consider when choosing a siding for your home. Go to the right San Diego roofing contractor like Urbach Roofing for help sorting through the options on your budget or call them at 760-471-5065.